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Whales

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made in establishing which countries are being approached by Japan to join the International Whaling Commission. (160292)

[holding answer 23 October 2007]: Foreign and Commonwealth Office posts are aware of the need to watch for indicators that countries may join the International Whaling Commission and adopt a pro-whaling stance. Posts in the relevant capitals are briefed, and engage in discussion with their counterparts on whaling at every appropriate opportunity. Countries are in no doubt as to the importance that the UK attaches to whale conservation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made in engaging in discussions about whaling with countries that vote with Japan at the International Whaling Commission but have no interest in whaling. (160294)

[holding answer 23 October 2007]: We continue to raise the issue of whaling with countries that adopt a pro-whaling stance within the International Whaling Commission (IWC) at every appropriate opportunity. Posts abroad will continue to lobby all countries to support the UK’s position. The prominent role we play within the IWC ensures no country can be in any doubt as to the importance we attach to whale conservation.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will also shortly deliver an updated version of the publication “Protecting Whales - A Global Responsibility” to Governments that support whaling to encourage these nations to join the effort to protect these species and maintain the moratorium on commercial whaling.